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The (re-)discovery of G350.1-0.3; a young, luminous supernova remnant and its neutron star

The (re-)discovery of G350.1-0.3; a young, luminous supernova remnant and its neutron star

Publication date: 10 June 2008

Authors: Gaensler, B.M., et al

Journal: The Astrophysical Journal
Volume: 680
Issue: 1
Page: L37-L40
Year: 2008

Copyright: 2008: The American Astronomical Society

We present an XMM-Newton observation of the long-overlooked radio source G350.1-0.3. The X-ray spectrum of G350.1-0.3 can be fit by a shocked plasma with two components: a high-temperature (1.5 keV) region with a low ionization timescale and enhanced abundances, plus a cooler (0.36 keV) component in ionization equilibrium and with solar abundances. The X-ray spectrum and the presence of nonthermal, polarized, radio emission together demonstrate that G350.1-0.3 is a young, luminous supernova remnant (SNR), for which archival H I and 12CO data indicate a distance of 4.5 kpc. The diameter of the source then implies an age of only ~900 years. The SNR's distorted appearance and small size and the presence of 12CO emission along the SNR's eastern edge all indicate that the source is interacting with a complicated distribution of dense ambient material. An unresolved X-ray source, XMMU J172054.5-372652, is detected a few arcminutes west of the brightest SNR emission. The thermal X-ray spectrum and lack of any multiwavelength counterpart suggest that this source is a neutron star associated with G350.1-0.3, most likely a 'central compact object', as seen coincident with other young SNRs such as Cassiopeia A.

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